Have you noticed how romance/erotica is becoming ever more popular on the Kindle? There are a couple reasons for that.
People like to read the stuff on their Kindles because they can do it discretely. The books in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy have been top-100 Kindle bestsellers for nearly 4 months now. And according to a paidContent article, even knockoffs of the popular trilogy are climbing higher up the bestseller charts:
As Andrew Rhomberg of Jellybooks noted on Twitter, a would-be parody of 50 Shades of Grey called 50 Shades of Black & Blue by I B Naughtie (ha ha) has risen to #41 on the Amazon Kindle Store’s UK Bestseller list despite terrible reviews. Not far behind it is another “parody” called 50 Shades of Red, White & Blue by Maggie Muff (again, ha ha).
But it’s not only the more, er, hardcore books that are increasing in popularity. Another paidContent article talks about the continued rise of young adult romance. Slammed, a self-published young adult romance novel, hit the New York Times ebook fiction bestseller list this week at #13. The books gets surprisingly good reviews on Amazon (it’s currently at 324 five-star reviews).
I guess it all goes to show that sex does indeed sell on the Kindle.